Q: What are the benefits of completing the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Program?
A: There are three key reasons to complete the GTL Program training: learn to be a more effective teacher, be more competitive in the job market as there is an increase in teaching requirements, and all employers are looking for people who are excellent communicators.
Q: Is the GTL Program mandatory for graduate students who are teaching?
A: No. However, each department has different teaching requirements for graduate students. Please check with your department's graduate administrator.
Q: How do I get started in the GTL Program?
A: Simply find a GTL Program session you are interested in, RSVP and attend the session. To view the schedule and RSVP to a session, please click here or refer to the FGSR Calendar here. Additionally, you can sign up for the Professional Development E-Bulletin which will promote upcoming GTL Program sessions, by clicking here.
Q: Do I have to complete GTL Program Level 1 and Level 2?
A: No. Your investment in the GTL Program should be based on your own personal goals.
Q: What is the difference between GTL Program Level 1 and Level 2?
A: Level 1 provides an overview of skills and concepts required for teaching at a post-secondary level and requires 15 hours of GTL sessions to be complete. Level 2 is a more in depth investment focusing on student learning, teaching experiences and has four components to complete which include: pedagogy, practicum, mentorship, and documentation. These two courses can be completed in any order.
Q: When are the GTL sessions offered?
A: The majority of sessions are offered during the GTL weeks that take place twice a year during the beginning of January and at the end of August/beginning of September. Stand-alone sessions are offered throughout the year. To view the schedule, please click here or refer to the FGSR Calendar here. Additionally, you can sign up for the Professional Development E-Bulletin which will promote upcoming GTL Program sessions, by clicking here.
Q: Can I take any sessions online for credit?
A: Yes. You can complete MyGradSkills teaching courses online for GTL Program Level 1 and GTL Program Level 2. MyGradSkills offers four of these one hour courses and and include: Lesson Planning, Teaching Dossiers, Teaching Online Advanced Facilitation Skills for Graduate Students and Teaching Online: Basic Skills for Teaching Assistants. To learn more, please click here.
Q: Can Post-Docs participate in the GTL Program?
A: Absolutely. Post-doctoral fellows can receive a letter for any partial or completed GTL Program levels. Please request a letter by e-mailing Charity Slobod at email@example.com.
Q: Who can participate in the GTL Program sessions?
A: Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and the campus community at large.
Q: Is there a cost for the GTL Programs and sessions?
A: No. All GTL Programs and sessions are free to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and the campus community at large.
Q: Do FGSR GTL Program Ethics sessions count for both Ethic's credit and the GTL Program requirements?
A: Yes. If you take a GTL session, which is also identified as an ethics credit session, it will count as an ethics credit and a GTL credit. Consult with your department's graduate administrator to ensure the ethics session meets your department's specific requirements.
Q: Will I receive anything for completing the GTL Program?
A: If you complete GTL Program Level 1 you will receive a letter of completion. If you complete GTL Program Level 2 you will receive a letter of completion and a notation on your transcript. (Please note: Post-Doctoral Fellows are not eligible for the transcript notation.) Letters of completion will be sent automatically by the GTL Program administrator when you have fulfilled the requirements.
Q: Should I keep track of my GTL sessions that I attend?
A: Yes. Students are encouraged to keep track of the GTL Sessions they attend.